Birmingham City Council’s new website will be up and running within a few weeks despite development difficulties, it was today claimed.
The new 10,000-page birmingham.gov.uk website has been designed, at a cost of £2.8 million, to replace the existing site.
The council’s business transformation chief Glynn Evans pledged it will be up and running in August – ready for a range of new online council services and facilities to be plugged in during the autumn.
Last week it emerged the development had been held up due to several glitches – including a technical problem with missing quotation marks, apostrophes, Euro and pound signs.
The website has already cost more than the initial £2.2 million budget.
The council and its contract partner Service Birmingham have reassigned management and technical staff to put the site back on track.
The aim is for citizens to be able to pay council tax bills, apply for school places, reserve a library book or complain about missed black bag collections from a single website account.